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Leach, Bernard (B 1887)

Famous English but Hong Kong born potter. Learned the art of raku and stoneware pottery under Kenzan VI. Leach was brought up in Tokyo. He, with Soetsu Yanagi, was influential in instigating the Japanese folk art movement. In 1920 Leach settled in St Ives, Cornwall, England and with the help of Shoji Hamada made stoneware and raku using local materials. Several important potters trained under him, such as Michael Cardew, and thus there is a connection with the Japanese tradition, which can still be seen in contemporary studio ceramics, the world over.

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